News organizations reject order to “muzzle the press”
All media outlets and journalists have rejected the draft Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) ordinance and called it a tool to muzzle press freedom in the country.
“A joint meeting of representative media organizations including All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA), Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ, Barna Group), PFUJ (Dastoor Group) and the Association of Electronic Media Editors and News Directors (AEMEND) totally rejected the draft Pakistan Media Development Authority ordinance and called the concept an unconstitutional law and draconian aimed at combating freedom of the press and expression and aimed at imposing state control to regulate the establishment as well as the functioning of all segments of the media, ”read a joint statement. Tuesday.
The joint meeting was of the unanimous opinion that the proposed PMDA is intended to obstruct media freedoms and gain control of the media by the highest information bureaucracy.
“The concept is an attempt to tighten the federal government’s grip on the media through draconian authority, ignoring the fact that print, digital and electronic media are separate entities, each with its own defined characteristics and characteristics. respective regulatory laws, ”the statement added.
“This decision appears as an extension of the old Press and Publications Ordinance 1963 (PPO) of the Ayub Khan era to all media platforms with regimental provisions to take control of the independent and free media.”
It has no place in a democratically elected exemption, the joint statement said.
The joint meeting decided to resist the creation of the PMDA at all levels, including legal remedies, protest measures and advertising campaigns to educate the public against this blatant attempt to subjugate and control the media and to restrict the peoples’ right to know.
The meeting decided to form a joint action committee of the APNS, the PBA, the CPNE, the PFUJ and the AEMEND to decide on other actions and seek the support of political parties, bar associations, human rights organizations and other segments of civil society to oppose the proposed attack on the media. and urge the federal government to immediately withdraw the proposal.